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THE 1970s

Welcome to HUD USER

The 1970s was a decade of housing policy enterprises meant to eliminate the hazards of lead-based paint poisoning in existing housing; protect the rights of consumers in the areas of interstate land sales and real estate settlement procedures; discourage geographical discrimination in the mortgage lending industry; provide communities with resources to address a wide range of unique development needs; and supply rental subsidies to eligible tenants residing in newly constructed, rehabilitated, and existing rental and cooperative apartment projects (Section 8 Voucher program).

In January 1973, President Nixon declared an 18-month moratorium on approvals for subsidized housing programs, including Sections 235 and 236. The moratorium also applied (as of July 1) to funding for urban renewal, Model Cities, and FHA programs. The moratorium was rescinded in the summer of 1974.

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) was created in 1973 and tasked with conducting research on priority housing and community development issues. Features of PD&R's new research program included the American Housing Survey, a regularly maintained database on the characteristics of the nation's housing stock, and the Partnership for Advancing Technologies in Housing Initiatives that identified techniques for building more affordable, durable, disaster-resistant, safe, and energy-efficient housing. PD&R's vehicle for distributing relevant research and information, HUD USER, was launched in 1978 and today is a multi-media resource for housing stakeholders.

PD&R generated a wealth of housing studies during this era.

Research in the 1970s

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Congregate Housing for the Elderly

Measuring Homeowner Needs for Housing Assistance

Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Allocations Under the Community Development Block Grant

Measuring Suburban Need and Distress

Summary Report of the Evaluation of Section 8 Existing and New Construction Programs

Assessment of Urban County Performance: Community Development Block Grant Program



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line HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), created in 1973, was tasked with conducting research on priority housing and community development issues.